I just love the softness of watercolor sketches and have been experimenting with Photoshop to get this lovely effect, so today I wanted to share with you this tutorial I have put together with a step by step guide of how I achieved this technique. Here are two layouts which I have worked on  this week using Photoshop CS6, these techniques will also work in Photoshop Elements although there maybe a couple of steps that have to be achieved a little differently, I will cover the ones that I know about.

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Try to use good quality clear photographs for the best results.

Open a new file 3600 x 3600 and 300dpi using a plain paper, I chose a light color paper as I like the way the sketch truly stood out. Drop your chosen photograph onto the paper and make a duplicate.

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Now make the copy photograph invisible for the moment.

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Working on the first photo go to filter select stylize and find edges

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Now adjust the hue and saturation level to-100

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Now go to Image, Adjustments and Curves (For PSE I think you will need to go to Enhance, Adjust and Lighting levels and use the slider)

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Set the output level to around 180 and the input to around 130 or to your liking, you will now have a black and white image.

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In the layers palette select the blending mode to Darken as shown below, this will remove the white background leaving you with just the black sketch lines.

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Using the alt key on your keyboard select the layer mask icon as shown below.

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This will now make your picture invisible, this is where you will select a paint brush to brush back the photo, I used a watercolor brush.

Make sure you have the mask thumbnail selected and not the photo thumbnail.

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Now we go through the same steps on the copied photo, make the second photo visible and create a layer mask as before. Again making sure you have the mask thumbnail selected and not the photo thumbnail.

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I played around with the paint brushes painting or out until I had the look that I like best.

When finished I just added some texture and paint splats on the page.

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